Smaller Partnerships Lead to Grander Plans
 
February 28th, 2013

A few years ago, CTDA, along with NTCA and TCNA blended their annual meetings into a single, industry-wide event, Total Solutions Plus (TSP). Although many participants initially viewed TSP as more efficient way to meet (and it is), by combining travel, time away from one’s own business and even the financial obligations that go along with attending major industry events, into a single meeting, the result has quickly become greater than the sum of its parts.

Today TSP is the most comprehensive industry event, offering networking across the supply chain, a broader variety of seminar opportunities, more dynamic keynote presentations, and a table top show to introduce the latest products to those professionals who really make the decisions.  This year, the Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA) has joined the CTDA, NTCA, and TCNA to jointly host the 2013 Total Solutions Plus October 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Those of us who have been involved with TSP from the beginning realize that this growth underscores that what we are doing at TSP and in CTDA is moving the tile business forward in ways we’ve never seen before.TSP_new_logo


The Word is Commitment.
 
February 25th, 2013

Frank Donahue, CTDA president

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Last week, members of the Board of Directors  and all Committee Chairperson of the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) took time from their busy schedules to travel to the association office just outside Chicago to meet and plan for activities in 2013 and beyond.  (You read this correctly: they traveled to Chicago in February; no golf, no poolside reception.) What drives this kind of commitment?

The first driver is leadership. These individuals are leaders. They are the industry leaders in ceramic tile distribution and manufacturing, many of them representing the second generation in the industry and in CTDA. They understand the power of face-to-face meetings and the energy they generate.

Involvement offers rewards. CTDA leaders and members alike have built their businesses and their reputations on contributing to the greater good of the industry, the power of networking and of industry education. They understand that although it’s not always easy to leave the business for even a day or two, they always return a little smarter for the effort.

 


Industry News
 
February 21st, 2013

Tile Redi® wins new product award

Tile Redi®, world-leading manufacturer and marketer of pre-formed, one-piece shower pans and related accessories, received the award for “Surfaces 2013 Best New Product” sponsored by Floor Tends and Tile magazines. The winning product, Redi Trench™, is an incredibly exciting marriage of design and function. Farrell Gerber, Executive VP Sales of Tile Redi® stated, “Redi-Trench™ is the only linear drain system completely integrated into a leak-proof, mold-free shower pan. Designers have the choice of selecting either tile-in-grate or non-tile-able versions. We know this product meets the needs of so many shower applications, and is an ideal item to be specified for hotels with a sizable number of guestrooms.” Redi Trench™ features offer endless design flexibility as  it can be used with any size Redi Base (30″–72”), plank pitched, molded-in trench. The Redi Trench™ is plank pitched with a  molded-in trench that will accept any tile size. Additionally, it can be put in any trench location or any drain location with the option of specifying a tile-able or grate top. The product is offered in 40 popular models.  “Winning this award means a lot for the entire Tile Redi organization,” added Farrell Gerber,. “We spend countless hours in R&D with our design team to make sure we offer the market the maximum quality, highest performing products… all offered with the easiest installation. We are extremely proud that Redi Trench™ has received this honor.” www.tileredi.com

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Bellavita expansion

Bellavita Tile has announced the completion of its new office and warehouse complex in Vancouver, BC. The expansion is a result of a detailed, long-term plan by Bellavita to assure continued growth and ongoing support to the firm’s distribution network. Located three short blocks from the company’s old headquarters, the new facility includes 1,750 square-feet of offices and over 8,000 square-feet of warehouse. Plans for new production schedules and stocking programs have resulted from the expansion that will continue to evolve throughout 2013. The new space showcases several installed tile products manufactured by Bellavita. Most significant can be found on the office floors, which feature the Rivergrass collection in the Papyrus color, utilizing a 24×24″ (60x60cm) format.  Ames Tile & Stone, in Vancouver provided slab isolation membrane and the NuHeat radiant heating system to enhance the performance of the floors. The installation was completed by Bridgewater Tile, Ltd. Bellavita is especially proud of the energy-savings features implemented at the new facility. Mike Ward, U.S. Director of Sales explained, “To keep our burden on the environment as low as possible, we contacted our friends at NuHeat to help us with an electric radiant heat solution for the office space. Working with Anthony Celio, we settled upon their prefabricated mats, both standard and custom for the entire space, all of which is now controlled by their SOLO thermostats. The high thermal mass of our porcelain, paired with the efficient heating of NuHeat’s mats, provides the only heat-source required for the entire space with minimal energy input. But the SOLO thermostats are the clincher- they make sure the office is toasty only during business hours without need for any direction after the initial setup.”“ Bellavita Tile also moved its U.S. offices from California to Carrollton, Texas in 2012.

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QEP Named as Exclusive Distributor of Homelux Products

Q.E.P. Co., Inc. has been named as the exclusive authorized distributor of Homelux Products in North America. QEP will be representing the full line of Homelux-branded products and accessories throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean region. Homelux is a leading international brand of tile trims, tile accessories and tiling tools based in Ashbourne, United Kingdom. They boast a large sku assortment across multiple categories including Tile Trims and Seals, Under Tile Heating, Waterproof Matting, Crack Suppression, Wet Rooms and Glass Mosaics. They have market penetration in the UK and European Professional outlets as well as the major retailers throughout these regions.  “We are excited to partner with a dynamic company such as Homelux. The superior collection of the Homelux range of products combined with the strength of QEP’s existing product lines and market penetration is a combination for success for both companies,” said Jamie Clingan, Sr. VP Marketing.

Garry joins LATICRETE

LATICRETE announced that T.J. Garry has joined the firm as its new Architectural Products Division (APD) Technical Sales Representative, covering Southern Florida. Garry will be reporting to LATICRETE Regional Sales Manager, Greg Braswell, who stated, “T.J. comes to LATICRETE after working the past 11 years with our distributor, Specialty Tile Products.  During five of those years, he was their marketing manager, focusing on the commercial and A&D community.  T.J.’s last four years have been spent handling commercial sales in the Florida market.  Prior to his time with Specialty Tile, he worked as a residential tile installer. Clearly, our newest hire knows the tile industry!”

“I feel very fortunate to be with such a solid company,” Garry commented. “By far, LATICRETE has the best product lines in the business. In particular, I like the family-owned aspect of my new firm. LATICRETE has quality people and unmatched products… I’m really excited about being onboard!”

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Product Innovations
 
February 18th, 2013

Florim’s new Urban Wood

Urban Wood is a beautiful new porcelain tile ideal for any application, especially for creative projects where the “look of wood” is typically not specified, in particular, for hospitality suites’ kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, it offers exquisite natural visuals when installed on patios and other outdoor areas.  End-users will enjoy the look of real wood while  benefiting from the ease of maintenance inherent only to porcelain tile material. Urban Wood is characterized by its through-color porcelain body combined with an incredibly realistic wood-look surface, created by cutting-edge High Definition Graphic (HDG) Technology.  A soft to the touch, contemporary, rectified tile, Urban Wood enables the installer to use smaller grout joints which not only give the new tiled area a more monolithic appearance… the smaller the grout joint, the lesser the time and expense for future cleaning. Available in six wood-look colors (Ash, Honey, Oak, Walnut, Wenge and White Birch), three rectified tile are available: 4”x24,” 6”x24” (in either the Natural or Grip finish) and 6”x36,” which is a new size format offered by Florim USA. For safety purposes in outdoor applications, it is recommended that Urban Wood tiles with the non-slip, high coefficient of friction “Grip Finish,” are specified. Stefano Rabaioli, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Florim USA stated,  “We believe Urban Wood is the ideal choice for commercial applications where the look of natural wood has been selected, but the durability and ease of maintenance offered by porcelain tile material is a necessity. Our Tennessee manufacturing facility, which is one of the most comprehensive in all of America, has the capacity to produce large amounts of this product range. We also have the warehousing capability to store material we manufacture, which makes products such as Urban Wood ideal for architectural specifications that include future roll-outs and other commercial expansions dependent upon using the same material installed in project number one.” Made in the USA, Urban Wood has a Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) rating of > 0.42 and a >0.50 DCOF for its Grip Finish materials, making it an ideal choice for nearly any application (residential/commercial and indoor/outdoor). Additionally, all Urban Wood materials contain 10% recycled content. Projects designed with Urban Wood being specified are eligible for LEED points.

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Additions to LATICRETE® SPECTRALOCK® Dazzle

LATICRETE has added eight bright and exhilarating additive colors to its LATICRETE® SPECTRALOCK® Dazzle line. “Blue Hawaii,” “Tangerine Orange,” “Limeade,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Lemonade,” “Ruby Slippers,” “Candied Apple” and “Purple Haze” will continue to add unique design enhancements to LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout and LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout applications.

“These new colors bring contemporary, high-end design image ‘looks’, especially to glass tile installations,” stated Ryan Blair, LATICRETE Channel Manager. “Dazzle was a big hit when it was introduced ten years ago. Now, with these bold and cheerful new colors, it adds even more to one’s creative arsenal. Designers’ imaginations can run wild with the limitless artistic potential Dazzle now offers.” Appropriate for both walls and floors, Dazzle can enhance plain tile and stone installations with a metallic look. It adds visual “kick” by accentuating metallic tiles, glass tiles, mosaics and natural stone with its various color combinations. Dazzle brings sparkle to pools and spas, and its Glow-In-The-Dark design brings a safety component to bathrooms, hallways and entryways.

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LATICRETE Expands the HYDRO BAN Shower System Line

January 21, 2013. LATICRETE, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, announced today the expansion of its LATICRETE HYDRO BAN line of products, including a pre-sloped linear shower pan, preformed benches and shelves, and new drain finishes. Launching to the market at the Surfaces trade show January 29th – 31st at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the HYDRO BAN Shower System provides the installer a high quality rapid shower installation with unique design possibilities.

According to LATICRETE Product Manager, Jay Conrod, “At Surfaces, we’ll be debuting four new SKUs of our pre-sloped linear shower pans as well as new sizes of pre-formed benches and shelves. All of these products are constructed of lightweight high-density polystyrene and are 100% waterproof. Once set in place, they function as substrates onto which tile can immediately be adhered.”

Conrod went on to state that new drain finishes will be unveiled as well. “These include brushed, polished, oil-rubbed bronze and tile-in-grate versions. A 42-inch linear drain will be added to the sizes offered,” he said.

All these new “Made-in-America” products pass ANSI 818.10 standards and offer the LATICRETE Lifetime Warranty/Single Source Responsibility which ensures total confidence for re-sellers, installers and end-users.

LATICRETE International, Inc. provides globally proven construction solutions for the building industry.  LATICRETE® products are manufactured and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Engineered and produced in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of independently certified low VOC sustainable products. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SPECTRALOCK®, HYDRO BAN® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com

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